Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Boeing offers C-17B to U.S. Army

Boeing is courting the U.S. Army with the C-17B a derivative of the U.S. Air Force C-17A Globemaster III. The C-17B will have a centerline landing gear, more powerful engines and redesigned flaps that will increase lift for short take-offs and landings. The C-17B will have a develpement price tag of $2.5 billion but Boeing argues that this is more cost effective than either the army's planned vertical take-off and landing Joint Heavy Lift rotorcraft or the Air Force's Advanced Joint Combat Air System plan for a short take-off and landing airlifter.

Boeing will present it's concept for the C-17B at the upcomig Farnbrough Air Show which begins on July 14th in Farnbrough, England.

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